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TDF Talks With Chef-Turned-Sustainable-Farmer Paul West


It was so cool to sit down in front of a live audience last week with Paul West, the chef-turned-farmer, sustainable living advocate, and hugely popular host of River Cottage Australia.

Paul had the whole audience in the palm of his hand, as he tracked his atypical career path, and shared his ideas on living a more fulfilling, sustainable life.

This podcast episode is live NOW – find us on Apple Podcasts, download Overcast for bonus pictures and links, or listen below!

18th April, 2019

Chef-turned-sustainable-farmer Paul West. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Start simple, perhaps with one pot of parsley? Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

For Paul, nothing trumps a deeply nourishing meal and made with ingredients you have grown yourself. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

TDF Talks, Paul West at Mercedesme. Photo –  Amelia Stanwix.

Paul West has worked in all areas of food production, from growing fruit and veg to WWOOFing on various properties across Australia, to working at wholesale markets, retail grocers and at top restaurants, including Vue De Monde.

It was such a joy to meet Paul, and to chat with him about his career and his philosophies on food and on sustainable living. What surprised me, was just how incredibly funny Paul is – he had me, and the audience in fits of laughter for most of this conversation…  he certainly knows how to tell a good story – enjoy!

Links + Further Reading

Follow Paul West on Instagram here.

We spent the afternoon with Paul at CERES learning why it’s never been more important to grow your own food.

He hosted River Cottage Australia for four seasons.

He is huge advocate for WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), a hospitality service operated by a network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms.

There are still a few tickets available for our final live event @ Mercedes me with Editor Justine Cullen.

Mercedes me is a collaborative space in Melbourne’s CBD, where café culture meets Mercedes-Benz lifestyle. Stay up to date with their varied program of events by following

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